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Dolphin Tale (2011)

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A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Forrest
Megan Lozicki ...
Max Connellan
Alyce Connellan
Donovan Peck


A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Plot Keywords:

dolphin | boy | tail | trap | prosthetics | See All (44) »


Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winter, O Golfinho  »

Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,152,401 (USA) (23 September 2011)


$72,279,690 (USA) (20 January 2012)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Radio Control Helicopter used in the Movie is an Align TRex 450 size Helicopter, it is a very aerobatic Helicopter but when is flying inside the building it is all CG See more »


When the news channel shows Winter, there is footage of the dolphin being lifted into the truck at the beach. At the beginning, when the dolphin was first rescued, there were only the rescuers and the boy, but one of the rescuers did have a camera and was filming the events. See more »


Dr. Cameron McCarthy: Just because you're hurt doesn't mean you're broken.
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: 11-11-11 (2011) See more »


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31 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I brought my 8 year old daughter with me to preview Dolphin Tale and we both LOVED it! This is a perfect family movie and I couldn't recommend it enough. The message was positive and although there were some heavy topics addressed - it wasn't over the top... you leave feeling good with lots to think about. This isn't just a movie that encourages you to never give up. It did a great job bringing up real issues like self-image, pride, acceptance of those who are different, self-worth, homeschooling, importance of family, the power of a good family, the value of family. It addresses family relationships, friendship with those who are different, public school issues... oh, and so much more! This movie opens opportunity for discussion with your kids OR you can just go and enjoy the story. Can't wait to see it again in September!

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